Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
The disciples came to Him privately and asked, “What will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age.” Jesus said to them, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name saying ‘I am the Savior’, and deceive many.” Matthew 24:3-5
When things get shaky, always remember that Jesus spoke directly concerning conditions in this world on the way to the time He will reign down the curtain of history. Read Matthew 24 and Mark 13.
In troubled times, or leading up to troubled times, don’t be surprised when someone or some organization rises up, celebrated as the fresh power we need to re-imagine, reset, and guarantee peace and order. To many it will appear that we have the man or woman of grace and power for the hour. In the world’s way of thinking, independent of God, it will all make perfect sense. Jesus clearly said that this would happen, and that there will be wars and rumors of wars. He went on in His answer to the disciples, laying out a number of other conditions and signs that would occur on the way to His return. We have all of the signs now: Nations rise against nations. There are famines, pestilences, earthquakes, sorrows, persecution, loss of faith, false prophets, lawlessness and lovelessness, along with false prophets of various kinds.
As all these negative things take place, the Gospel of the Kingdom has spread over the world and must continue where each of us live. (see Matthew 24:5–28, and the chapter goes on.)
Without doubt, we live in increasingly troubled times, times that fit the words Jesus spoke. About the only thing in Matthew 24 that is missing from the world scene is for that singular individual to rise up and be openly acclaimed and received as the savior that world needs now.
What do you do; how should you be a Christian in such times? Look to Jesus and His words. Trust in what He has done for you. Believe His promises and obey His commands. By doing these things you will experience His presence, and continue in faith. Seek to see all things from His perspective, not from the world’s perspective.
In His plan, things are not falling apart. All things are falling into place.
Looking up to Him and keeping watch in the world,